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Home Fix It Show

Saturdays, 9am-12pm

Dave Baker

Home Fix It Show with Dave Baker

Resident household repair and home improvement expert, Dave Baker provides tips and advice on planning, building and fixing up around the house.   He rounds out his "toolbox of knowledge" by inviting home repair experts to answer any and all home improvement questions. Listen to Dave Baker Saturday's at 9am - Noon on News 95.5 AM750 WSB. 

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Recent Posts

  • Q – In an effort to hide our air conditioning unit in the backyard my wife wants to plant plants to grow up around it. I tried to tell her that this is potentially bad for the unit but she doesn’t agree. We heard your hvac man on your show last week, so we’ve agreed to let you decide. Help! John in Lithia Springs A – That’s what I like, the entire sanctity of a marriage hinging on my word. John – I’m on your side on this one. Your air conditioning unit needs to be able to breathe. It takes fresh air in on the sides and exhausts hot air out of the top.  Therefore your unit should be clear of any obstructions, from plants to more permanent structures like a fence or your house for at least 18” on every side. Not only that, but in case your wife thought you should build a deck over the unit, you need 5 ft. of clearance on the top of the unit as well. So keep the area around your a/c unit clean and clear of debris. If you want to make your wife happy, feel free to plant some nice shrubbery about 3 ft. away from the unit. If you want to make here extra happy and make it look like you are doing even more work around your home, change its filter. It is amazing how many a/c problems can be corrected simply by putting in a clean filter. So re-filter and mow. Just make sure you leave room for the service man to get to your unit. Also leave room for your tent so that you will have a place to sleep. 
  • Here is your reminder. There are 5 Things that need a regular check-up in your home. Since a bunch of them could use it now, here is your list… - Pest Control. Now is the time to make sure your termite protection is current and that your monthly/quarterly pest control visits are in place. Early warm weather means early bugs. Give the early bug the boot. - Air Conditioning. Oh look - another benefit of the early warm weather. Make sure your a/c gets inspected and serviced so it is ready for what might be a long summer of use. - Electrical. Hot weather means pop-up thunderstorms which increase your chances of having an electrical surge ruining all those electrical things in your house. Get your system inspected and have a whole house surge protector installed at your house. And don’t forget those whole house generators. Don’t be stuck without power in your home. The recipe for ice cubes includes water and electricity. Don’t get caught without the juice. - Plumbing. From filling pools to watering landscapes to squirting the pollen off your car, have your plumbing inspected means no more dripping, leaky faucets which cost you money. - Garage Door. I know, you are thinking 'Really?” Well your electric garage door opener is very sensitive to power surges and making sure it is working correctly now will save you headaches later. Nothing more embarrassing than having to say the following words on the phone: 'I will be late to the office today. I can't get my garage door open.' It happens. More than you think.
  • Q – We had a party over the weekend and someone whom I will not name (my husband) spilled red wine on our carpet. By the time I got to it I managed to get quite a bit up. I know getting it all out now is going to be hard, but what is the best way to remove wine stains the next time – and there will be a next time – an un-named party (my husband) spills on our carpet. Donna in John’s Creek A – Such a waste. I hope that someone (your husband) pays for wasting perfectly good wine. You are correct about getting to it quickly. That is the number one important thing you can do. From there, it gets a little confusing. I have heard tell of home remedies that work, from pouring common table salt on the stain, to using milk, shaving cream, or a concoction of 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and 1 part Dawn dish washing liquid to clean the stains. Here is what I use, and have some success with, although I am not a big wine spiller (such a waste). First and most important is to blot. Don’t scrub the stain as that will only make matters word. Blot with a white paper towel or cloth, then neutralize with a white vinegar solution (2/3 c of water to 1/3 c of white vinegar) saturating the spot, but not wet enough to soak the backing. Blot up the excess moisture. Then I use a detergent (1 qt of water with ¼ teaspoon of detergent that doesn’t contain lanolin or bleach) applied to a cloth and blot more rinse with tap water using a spray bottle. That should get you in the right direction. Good luck. Oh yeah – how about a tippy cup for whats-his-name, (your husband)…
  • There are over 500,000 of them in the metro area, although we aren’t really sure how to take care of them or even how they even work. But when they stop working, hold your nose and run for cover. Here is your official Septic Tank primer…  If your house isn’t on a city or county sewer system (if you aren’t currently paying a monthly sewer fee) then you are most likely the proud owner of a septic tank system. That means that wastewater from your home flows into a septic tank buried in your yard.  Very few people have actually seen their septic system and even fewer probably know how it works, and what should be done to maintain the system. Consider this Septic System 101. The septic tank is a buried, watertight container typically made of concrete or fiberglass or polyethylene. It holds the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle out (forming sludge) and oil and grease to float to the surface (scum). It also allows for the partial decomposition of the solid materials. You will also have a drain field leading out from the tank. The drain-field consists of long perforated pipes or tiles connected to the septic tank. The network of pipes is laid in gravel-filled trenches or beds in the soil. Further treatment of wastewater forced out of the septic tank from the accumulation of sludge build up in the tank occurs in the soil beneath the drain-field.  Your septic tank should be pumped every 3 years. One more time – your septic system should be pumped every 3 years. That is the best thing you can do to promote septic health. Where is it? You can find your septic system clearly designated on your ‘as-built’ drawings for your house located at the county office. If you have no interest in going there, you can probably find your tank about 15 ft. or so out the back of your house.  Finding it, or at least knowing where it is, comes in handy when you call a septic company to the house to pump it out. Often you will see a pipe coming out of the ground in your backyard for no apparent reason. That is most likely a pump out for your system. This makes the cleaning very simple as the waste company can hook directly up to it. If you don’t have one, have the company install one on their next visit. It will make things go much easier. What does it do exactly? As I stated earlier, all wastewater from your house flows into your septic system. It is at this point that bacteria and science takes over and begins the decomposition process. I won’t dwell much on this except to say how wonderful Mother Nature is to have a nice process for this That means you shouldn’t try to help the process. In fact, the EPA strongly urges you NOT to flush things down in an effort to promote decomposition. The sludge that is formed in the tank settles to the bottom. Other wastewater, now partially treated by Mother Nature begins to go through a drain field which is laid out in your yard on the other side of your tank. The drain field furthers water treatment by moving the water back into and through the soil. Got it? Follow the bouncing ball – wastewater goes from your house into the septic tank where decomposition begins. The sludge sinks to the bottom and the liquid goes into the drain field and eventually into the soil. How do I keep it working properly? Here are some warning signs for possible impending septic doom: - Slow flushing of toilets - Sinks and bathtubs drain slowly - You have surface water around your tank - Unpleasant odors that won’t go away - Sewage back-ups in your drains or toilets The most important two things to remember here are 1 – flush only wastewater, human waste, and toilet paper into your system and 2 – have your septic system pumped and inspected every 3 years. For more septic do’s and don’ts, you can go to www.cleanwatercampaign.com.
  • Q – I love ladybugs. It’s just that I don’t love them inside my house. Why suddenly are we seeing a bunch of them in our home and how can I get rid of them? Angela in Sandy Springs A – Ladybugs, stinkbugs, kudzu bugs, anything along those lines are all coming out of the woodwork this time of year and they are all looking for the same thing, how get out of your house. Ladybugs can pretty easily find a crevice to get inside our homes to spend the winter, but just like other over-wintering pests, they really struggle at finding their way back outside. So the number one best thing you can do is to seal entry points into your home – around windows, around where your utilities run into your house, around vents – just wherever there is a gap seal it with caulk or hardware cloth and try to keep them out come next fall. Now then, to get rid of the ones you have inside, anything with Pyrethrin as an active ingredient will do the trick. (Pyrethrin also works great on house flies come summer). If you find a huge amount of the l’bugs – and believe me that is possible, I have seen people carry 5 gallon buckets of them out of their house – stick the end of your vacuum cleaner hose into the pile and just suck them up. Quick and easy, you do it several times if you need to then just empty outside, or into a trash bag, seal and toss. Kill the pests, clean up the remains, and seal their entry ways. That will keep them out of your house.

News

  • Two men are accused to stealing more than $70,000 worth of musical instruments from the University of Louisville’s School of Music, WLKY reported. >> Read more trending news  Alphonso Monrew, 22, and Anthony Abrams, 52, were arrested Thursday, according to Jefferson County Jail records. Each were charged with two counts of third degree burglary and two counts of theft by unlawful taking, the television station reported. According to police, on several occasions the two men stole instruments, including a $10,000 guitar, from the university’s music school, WLKY reported. The thefts occurred over several weeks, the television station reported. All of the instruments have been recovered and will be returned to students, police said.
  • A Texas woman got an early start to celebrating her 105th birthday, joining more than 150 family members for a party at a San Antonio church, KSAT reported. >> Read more trending news  Minnie McRae, who turns 105 on Tuesday, was the guest of honor at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on Saturday, the television station reported. McRae’s nephew, Arturo Ayala, flew from Germany to attend the party for a woman who taught him how to dance by giving him lessons in her living room, KSAT reported.  Ayala said he believes he knows the secret to his aunt’s long life 'She's never shared it, but from my relationship with her, I see her always praying and ... always reading,' Ayala told the television station.  Ayala also said McRae was very spiritual and did work with Incarnate Word. 'She's a blessing and she's a miracle,' Ayala told KSAT.
  • There will be laughing, singing, and music swinging when singer Martha Reeves receives another honor in May. >> Read more trending news  Reeves, 77, the lead vocalist of 1960s group Martha and Vandellas, will be honored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts on May 22, AL.com reported. Reeves was the singer for the group’s hits, including “Dancing in the Streets,” “Heat Wave” and “Jimmy Mack.” Reeves, a native of Eufaula, will receive Alabama’s 2019 Distinguished Artist Award. The award recognizes “a professional artist who is considered a native or adopted Alabamian and who has earned significant national acclaim for their art over an extended period,' according to the council’s website. Other recipients of the award include Jim Nabors, Fannie Flagg and George Lindsey. Vandella moved to Detroit as a child and grew up singing in church, AL.com reported. Her gospel-influenced vocals were evident in the group’s pop and rhythm and blues songs, which gave the Vandellas a string of hits on the Motown label. Reeves was inducted with the group -- Rosalind Ashford-Holmes, Annette Sterling-Helton, Lois Reeves and Betty Kelly -- into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. “Martha and the Vandellas were the Supremes’ tougher, more grounded counterpart,” the Rock Hall website says. “With her cheeky, fervent vocals, Martha Reeves led the group in a string of dance anthems that are irresistible to this day.” Reeves was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1995. 
  • A Florida deputy was arrested after an altercation at a Jacksonville nightclub, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported. >> Read more trending news  According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Officer Rodney Bryant, a 5 1/2-year member of the department, was involved in a dispute Friday at Mascara's Gentlemen's Club with his girlfriend and her friend.  Bryant has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has been terminated from his position in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. According to deputies, the group left the club but the dispute continued in a vehicle. This was when Bryant allegedly pulled over, opened the trunk of his vehicle and pulled out a firearm.  Bryant allegedly pointed the gun at the two women, making threats, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  They were all pulled over long enough for the girlfriend's friend to make contact with her sister, who later arrived at the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The girl's sister observed Bryant with the firearm making threats and that he pointed the firearm at her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
  • A Marine killed in action during the Vietnam War nearly 50 years ago was honored in a memorial service Saturday, and a headstone and plaque were erected at his gravesite at a South Florida cemetery, the Sun-Sentinel reported. >> Read more trending news  Private First Class Gregory Carter was killed in action Oct. 12, 1969, in the Quang Ngai province of South Vietnam, according to according to a Vietnam military casualties database on Ancestry.com. He was remembered in a service attended by nearly 200 people Saturday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, the Sun-Sentinel reported. “It’s like he woke up to the world again,” Carter’s brother, Anthony Owens, told the newspaper. “His life is meaningful. It means something.” “No, I did not (expect this many people). It raised our spirits, big time.” Carter laid in an unmarked grave until the Vietnam Veterans of America discovered him while searching for photographs of Vietnam veterans to place on the black granite Wall of Faces in Washington, D.C., the Sun-Sentinel reported. Carter was drafted into the Marines on July 4, 1969, when he was 19, according to the Ancestry.com database. He already had a young son and a daughter was on the way, but Carter would never know either of them, the newspaper reported. The Vietnam Veterans of America worked with the city of Fort Lauderdale and others to get Carter’s grave marker, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The organization also secured a photograph from a baseball team photograph in the Dillard High School yearbook, the newspaper reported. Gregory Carter now lies with his mother, grandparents, three siblings and other relatives at Sunset Memorial Gardens. “If you die you’re just lost until somebody thinks about you again,” Anthony Owens told the Sun-Sentinel. “So his spirit is probably all around us right now. It’s a good thing. He’s doing good.”
  • The wife of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was bitten by a rattlesnake at their Arizona home Friday, the Arizona Republic reported. >> Read more trending news  Ava Arpaio was working on her computer in her office around 10 a.m. when the snake bit her on the left foot, Joe Arpaio told the newspaper. 'She's tough. If she can put up with me for 60 years, then she can handle a snake bite,' Joe Arpaio told the Republic. Joe Arpaio, 86, said the large rattlesnake was removed by fire crews. 'Must've been a Democrat,' the longtime Republican joked to the Republic. Ava Arpaio likely will be in a hospital for 'two or three' days, her husband told the newspaper. Arpaio served as sheriff of Maricopa County for 24 years until losing re-election to Democrat Paul Penzone in 2016. The 86-year-old lawman made national news for his Tent City Jail where inmates were housed in Korean War era army tents, KSAZ reported. >> President Trump pardons Joe Arpaio Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge in July 2017 for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. He was pardoned a month later by President Donald Trump.